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7589GOLD COAST ESTATESGOLD COAST ESTATES1995color44 minvhs (Grand Tour: America's Castles series, Part 2) Journey to the glittering world of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, where the Astors and Vanderbilts race yachts and automobiles, and New York's grande dames duel for social supremacy. The north shore of Long Island nicknamed "the Gold Coast" is home to some of the most opulent mansions ever built. Take an exclusive tour of these remarkable estates. Go inside "Eagle's Nest", the Mediterranean-style villa that was headquarters for the dashing sailor and adventurer Willie Vanderbilt. Meet the steel baron Harry Phipps, who promised his bride a garden as grand as any in England and delivered with a palace set at the end of a promenade of Linden trees. And get a rare look at "Hempstead" and "Falaise", the cliff-top Gothic castles of Alfred Guggenheim and his son, Harry. Get a remarkable look at the Gold Coast, the once-tranquil farmland that became a playground for the Sultans of the Golden Age. (Donated by W. A. Douglas Jackson, Canadian Studies)